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Farm animals taking cold weather in stride

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It has been bitterly cold these past few days but we're not the only ones who are feeling the freeze.

KSFY News met up with some farmers to find out how their livestock is doing in the cold.

We went to the 60th annual Sioux Empire Farm Show at the W.H. Lyons Fairgrounds Wednesday to hear what farmers had to say.    

We might be feeling the chill of the winter season but for some of our four-legged friends on the farm... so far it's been a cold comfortable farm for livestock.

So far this winter,  the cold weather hasn't hurt some farmers much, they're still feeling the heat from the drought of 2012, especially the effect last year's hot summer had on feed.

Farmer Ed Huwaldt said "winter has been pretty open, which has helped save a lot of feed. that the biggest challenge for us this year is find the feed and the cost of the feed."

And from the summer's sizzling heat to this winter's bitter cold, farmer Huwaldt's livestock seems to be taking it in stride.

"They're pretty adaptable. That was part of why Herefords came to America in the first place because they were adaptable. they can go from cold to hot and anywhere in-between," Huwaldt said.

But farmer Gary Leonard recognized even cattle have limits to how much cold weather they can take.

"It's hard on cattle when it gets cold. They need a shed to go into, but really it's not been that bad," Leonard said.

Farmer Leonard keeps a watchful eye out for the newest members of the farm.

"We try to get most of the cows in shelters, barns and open sheds.  The ones that we're calving, we put them in a barn where we've got heat. Try to run it about 50, 60 degrees. "

Despite the January freeze, farmer Leonard agreed winter has been good so far.

"We got about a foot of snow there, about two weeks ago and that was some of the first cold weather we had but it's been pretty open," Leonard said.

Up until now, we've had relatively mild weather this winter, which farmer Huwaldt tells us is good for him and his livestock. With the milder temps, his cattle will eat less of that expensive feed.

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